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Articles tagged with 'mps'

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Holman and Zielinski will face off for Bay View Common Council seat

Published April 24, 2015

Now that her term on the Milwaukee school board has officially wrapped up, Meagan Holman, who has represented Bay View and other South Side neighborhoods on the board, is filing papers today to run for the 14th District Common Council seat, which includes Bay View and Polonia, to the west.

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Maybe my trolls are right; maybe I really am racist

Published April 21, 2015

Based on older data, MPS had the highest suspension rate in the country for African American high school students. Is it because white teachers (like me) are racist? I have been asked this before, casually in conversation with friends or acquaintances and seriously by people trying to get to the root of the problem - even by a fellow OnMilwaukee.com columnist worried that MPS teachers might be setting their expectations too low. I tend to answer no.

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Morales' stories capture multifaceted Milwaukee characters

Published April 17, 2015

I think of Milwaukee activist and former school board member Jennifer Morales as a strong advocate for the city's schools and children. Her new book, "Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories" collects nine short stories centered around Milwaukee and populated by Milwaukeeans. The richly drawn works open a window to the city and the struggles and joys experienced by its people.

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School's green yard earns MMSD honor

Published April 17, 2015

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District has given Maryland Avenue Montessori its monthly Green Luminaries award for the rain garden that has greened a large chunk of the school's more than three-acre site.

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Is Milwaukee's education marketplace killing school pride?

Published April 14, 2015

We're well into our second generation of students who have no sense of loyalty or school pride, our second generation of alumni who are leaving the system with no particular connection to their high schools. These young men and women will be of little use in any kind of alumni engagement scheme unless something changes in this city and district to help students -- or force students -- to be more loyal to their schools.

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Dr. Driver meets with Obama at the White House today

Published March 16, 2015

Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver is one of nearly a dozen leaders of urban school districts headed to the White House this morning to meet with President Barack Obama as part of the Council of the Great City Schools' three-day annual legislative/policy conference in Washington.

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Federal cuts cause increased reliance on charitable food programs

Published March 11, 2015

For many Milwaukeeans, hunger is an unfortunate reality of life. The lingering effects of a sluggish economy, paired with recent cuts to the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - known as FoodShare in Wisconsin -- have caused many to rely on a network of food banks, pantries and hot meal programs that are trying to meet the growing demand while advocating for additional aid, reports Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

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MPS approves contract to convert Malcolm X for King Middle School

Published Feb. 27, 2015

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors on Thursday night approved the construction contract to renovate the vacant Malcolm X site, 2760 N. 1st St., into a new home for Rufus King International Middle School, which currently inhabits a former elementary school.

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Pan-African group helps refugees, immigrants adjust to U.S.

Published Feb. 25, 2015

Wendmy Nida Moyenga entered Washington High School as a sophomore several months after emigrating from Burkina Faso. First hour - an English as Second Language class - went well, but she soon had to plunge in to regular high school classes. Moyenga found the language and cultural differences challenging, but was most upset by the bullying. After that first semester, Moyenga connected with the Pan-African Community Association, reports Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

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Board of School Directors President Bonds releases statement on Walker's budget

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Dr. Michael Bonds announced Monday that the Milwaukee Board of School Directors will consider a resolution by Director Larry Miller calling on Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature to restore adequate funding to public schools in Wisconsin.

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Urban Spelunking: The recently surplussed Wisconsin Avenue School

Published Feb. 17, 2015

With its variegated brick, squared approach and collegiate gothic flourishes, Wisconsin Avenue School, on the corner of 27th and Wisconsin, is what many of us conjure when we think of a school. Closed in 2007, the building has now been declared surplus by MPS and now moves to the Department of City Development for potential sale. We went inside and took a look around.

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Building the streetcar doesn't hurt MPS

Published Feb. 9, 2015

Last week Milwaukee Alderman Joe Davis, a streetcar opponent and announced candidate for mayor against Barrett in 2016, earned a "Mostly False" from PolitiFact Wisconsin for saying the streetcar would "take precious revenue away" from MPS.